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. >> at the white house, with president obama called other heads of state and the aides met for two hours in the situation room, u.s. policy emerged more clearly, centered on individual and multilateral sanctions. weapons embargo and asset freezes. at the same time, secretary of state clinton ordered suspension of all operations at the u.s. embassy in tri poe lie and 19 officers in the building with spirited out of the country on chartered flight to istanbul. a top aide explained what triggered the decision. >> chaos in the street, gunfire begin. >> they have lost control over swath of the country in the east where the opposition figures are forming the ad hoc committee to restore law and order signaled most oil contracts will be upheld. the obama administration made clear the u.s. has yet to open up its own dialogue with the libyan rebels who may run the country. >> i'm not aware of the discussions that we may be having with different folks in libya. >> we have had discussions with other leaders who have been in touch with opposition figures. >> the u.n. human rights council voted to con
libyan cities. throughout monday and tuesday, president obama was silent on the libyan crisis, late on wednesday mr. obama broke his silence with carefully chosen words. >> first, we are doing everything we can to protect american citizens. and it's my highest priority. in a volatile situation like this one, it's imperative the nations and people of the world speak with one voice, and that that has been our focus. the entire world is watching. >> question, what is the reason why president obama has been hesitant to speak out against gaddafi and. >> it was very weak statement, john. but the reason he's been hesitant to speak is there's 6,000 americans, something like that, as of friday still in that country in various places. gov a maniac responsible for the lockerbie massacre. he could attempt reprisals against americans, shooting of americans, and hostage taking and all the rest. but this crisis, john, gaddafi is approaching his end right now, and in my view lot of people are pushing for american intervention. if anybody's going to go into stop a massacre going on or start using po
obama has concluded he can no longer defend a federal law defining marriage as only between a man and woman. >> the justice department says it has concluded that that provision of the law, declining to recognize marriages in states where they're permitted, is unconstitutional. >> even you're evolving. >> you're not going to change his mind. >>> good evening. governor scott walker has insisted day after day that his budget repair bill is about saving money and not about union busting. but in a phone conversation with a man he believed to be billionaire david koch, walker let down his guard and said it. >> this is about public-sector unions. you essentially are having taxpayers money being used to pay to lobby for spending more of taxpayers money. it is absolutely ridiculous. it is not just what walker said about unions that has excited the governor's critics, it is his staff's desperate eagerness to put a man he said was koch on with their boss, without feeling any need to check if it actually was mr. koch. that seems to put another check mark in the column of bought and paid for b
obama's comments on the situation, but we begin with correspondent mike tobin live in madison. good evening. >> reporter: capital grounds are swarming with people, putting pressure on scott walker. 14 democrats, however, are missing. those are the state senators that crossed state lines to prevent passage of the budget repair bill. components of the weakened collective bargaining the essence of union strength. >> this is what a governor gets when he threatens the power of the union. >> in a state where teachers' salaries and benefits total to more than $87,000 per year, 2.7% higher than the national average they understand the need to ante up for health care and a pension but the collective bargain they say is untouchable. >> i'm still willing to take the pay cuts but what i'm scared about we don't know where it will end. because all of our protection electing gone. >> scott walker wants the state legislature to pass a bill that would end the collective bargaining rights for public employees and in turn, increase their healthcare and pension payments. he says it will help ease the s
suppression. >> according to attorney general eric holder, president obama has concluded he can no longer defend a federal law defining marriage as only between a man and woman. >> the justice department says it has concluded that that provision of the law, declining to recognize marriages in states where they're permitted, is unconstitutional. >> even you're evolving. >> you're not going to change his mind. >>> good evening. governor scott walker has insisted day after day that his budget repair bill is about saving money and not about union busting. but in a phone conversation with a man he believed to be billionaire david koch, walker let down his guard and said it. >> this is about public-sector unions. you essentially are having taxpayers money being used to pay to lobby for spending more of taxpayers money. it is absolutely ridiculous. it is not just what walker said about unions that has excited the governor's critics, it is his staff's desperate eagerness to put a man he said was koch on with their boss, without feeling any need to check if it actually was mr. koch. that seems to
and rush limbau limbaugh. michael medved how that's playing on the right. >>> most of the media chids obama for not cutting enough government spending. and by the way, should the taxpayer still be coughing up cash for public broadcasting? i'm howard curtz and this is reliable sources. lara logan was supposed to be a guest on this program last week. she was going to come here to the studio and talk about how she had been arrested and handcuffed and detained by the egyptian army reporting on the protests that rocked the country. then she told us she was going back to cairo days after the detention that made her violently ill and she would join us by satellite on sunday morning. on saturday, her producer sent word she kontd make it, she was heading back to the united states. earlier this week we found out the sickening news of what actually had happened. >> lara was covering celebrations in cairo when she was surrounded by a mob, sexually assaulted and beaten. she was rescued by a group of women and egyptian soldiers. lara is back in the states now and we're pleased to report she's recovering
. >>> same-sex stunner. president obama changes his stance on a law blocking gay marriage. >>> investors have something to celebrate, as well. >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. there are new signs this morning that libyan leader, moammar gadhafi, is now losing his 40-year hold on power. the opposition has now taken control in the east. and is vowing to liberate the capital, tripoli. >> meanwhile, president obama has new stands to stop killing his own people. hundreds are dead. and there's protesters still in libya. emily schmidt has the details. >> reporter: good morning to you. americans who are trying to escape libya may not be able to do so. today, the sea waters are simply too rough for their ferries. so, they wait, while the world waits, to see what another day of protests brings. protesters in libya are gaining control. but at huge costs. hundreds killed, while moammar gadhafi forces fire on his own people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people
president obama see it differently. he told a local reporter, quote, some of what i heard coming out of wisconsin where you are making public employees to collective bargain generally seems like an assault on unions and it's very important to understand that public employees they are neighbors and friends. >> when asked, whether he was taking sides? >> he expressed his opinion directly. >> shannon: one official says the dnc has been organizing rallies activatelogy phone backs to lobby lawmakers. the bill exempts local firefighters, police officers and members of the wisconsin state patrol but can it could have a major impact on teachers who have been adding force. >> as much as the economics is important our ability to defend our students' right to fair education is on the line. >> dnc is involved in a similar show down playing out in ohio. they urged them dnc to suspend tactics. this is not the way you begin an adult conversation. >> brett: much more on this on the panel. >>> back here in washington, congress is considering cuts to federal spending. that is prompting howlswls from o
's our top story tonight. >>> another huge story today, president obama as of today will not defend the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act, doma. his attorney general will not go into the act to enforce the two big provisions, the one keeping provisions of one state affecting another state and the policy, that only a marriage between a man and woman will be recognized until federal law. that's a huge victory for gay rights activists and a big debate tonight on "hardball." >>> the republicans act like they're ready for a fight over government spending. so do democrats. history shows when that's the case, you get a fight. watch this battle of chicken when neither truck wants to swerve. government shutdown on the way. both sides think this is a fight they can win. we'll see who's right? >> plus, john thune says he's sitting out 2012 because, get this, he president obama will be tough to beat. that's what he says. we're going to check in with the "hardball" strategists on that point. watch what happened when someone asked newt gingrich how he squares his personal marital h
are criticizing michelle obama for creating what they say is a nanny state. carol costello joins us from washington. carol what is the concern here? what is the complaint? >> well, the concern is with the allegations that michelle obama wants to create a nanny state. it started with michelle obama's little garden at the white house. she invited children to plant vegetables to encourage kids to eat healthy, the start of her childhood anti-obesity campaign, which many people said was a no downside issue. wrong. turns out some conservatives say that planted the seeds of her real goal, to create a nanny state, an allegation that gained steam when she championed breast feeding because some people say breast feeding leads to slimmer adults, and that came around the time that the irs said breast pumps could be a tax deduction. michelle bachman says to think that the government has to buy my breast pump for my babies, i think you just got the definition of the nanny state, and yesterday sarah palin jumped on that band wagon again. >> it's no wonder that michelle obama is saying, you better breas
you. >> reporter: thank you. megyn: there is this fox news alert. the obama administration has just announced that it will no longer defend the same-sex -- no, the defense of marriage act. they call it doma, defense of marriage act. president clinton signed it. it allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex unions from other states. it's been in place for more than a decade. the u.s. attorney general, eric holder, just announced that president obama does not believe the law is constitutional and neither does eric holder. they're no longer going to enforce the federal law that's on the books passed by congress, signed by president clinton, and still very much a law. joining me now on the phone to react to the breaking news is maggie gallagher. she's chairman of the national organization for marriage. maggie, this is stunning. president obama has made no secret of the fact that he doesn't like the defense of marriage act and yet they've also been open at the white house that while they would like to see it repealed, they know that the u.s. congress will not repeal the act. in the wa
? michelle obama's words on the subject touched off a fiery debate and don't think you can predict where liberals and con conservatives come down on this one t is february 18, 2011, i'm savannah guthrie. >> everything have to be polar rising. >> apparently nothing sacred. >> i'm chuck off. get to the run down. maybe the next political story the next two years has been ignited in wisconsin. we are going to start in a showdown in the states. governors are slashing spending, cope with billions of dollars in budget short falls thanks to a whole bunch of reasons, medicaid new york more recovery act, the battle lines are drawn in many 2012 battleground states. many have ideologically conservative republican governors. >> to set the scene a little bit, 44 states are projecting combined deficits of 125 billion for 2012. this pits democrats against fiscally conservative governors, many of whom have just come into office. in which is, which the protests in their fourth straight day over governor so the scot walkers a plan to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees and make
at the wisconsin state capital. as you said, the drama has made it all the way to the without. president obama criticized the budget bill, saying that it seemed like it was, quote, short-sighted thinking on the part of the governor. listen here to president obama. >> i would say, as a general proposition, that everybody's got to make some adjustments to new fiscal realities. we had to impose, for example, a freeze on pay increases for federal workers for the next two years as part of my overall budget freeze. on the other hand, some of what i have heard coming out of wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions. >> reporter: the president through press secretary jay carney, he reiterated his boss's point, saying the president doesn't think this is the right way to fix a shorefall, but on the other end, john boehner is criticizing the president and defending scott walker. in a statement he released, he said, in part, quote, rather than shouten down those in office who speak honestly about the challen
somebody -- >> what do you think of mr. obama's performance thus far? >> i think a slow start, but he got up to speed, which is not that unusual in these kind of situations. i mean, we did not have anybody here in the u.s. predicting the fall of the berlin wall either. this has been a massive series of events. everybody said it could happen some day but you didn't know when. everything came together with the crisis. >> as a result of a direct conflict between our ideals and beliefs, which are in democracy and one man one vote, and in our vital interests. in bahrain an american fleet there, which is a check on iran. if you have one man, one boat, will you get a see hartsfield- jackson government there and the sunnis won't allow that, and the king of about rain won't allow. that and i don't think the americans want that! >> which is why you see the administration playing this very carefully. they're really not out front nudging these leaders aside. on the other hand, if that leader in bahrain topples, the administration wants to be sure they are seen on the side of history and the side of y
abandoned their jobs. >> elections have retribution, consequences. when our country elected obama president, the republicans didn't run out of the country and start complaining. our state turned red in november. if the democrats want to see something different, they needki rally their wagons and come back and get back into power and they can change things. >> our showing support for what their constituents want. collective bargaining and union busting is not a way to solve a budget. >> is it union busting when you say that i don't want to fire a single worker? isn't that being pro-worker? [ talking over each other ] >> our district -- >> we won, you lost when he came in. i'm sorry, we are in the majority right now. i'm a republican. walker is a republican. so is the assembly and senate. the senators need to come back and do their job. mark miller is my senator, sadly he needs to man-up, all of them need to man-up and do their job. they need their paychecks taken from them. they have no reason to be out there. [ applause ] unions as was the first president of the afl-cio. both made a distinc
obama is at the white house most of this week. he is in miami on friday. in new york, the un secretary general congratulating the secretary -- security council in taking a united stand against libya. slapping sanctions on the libyaan leader, his family, and assisted. the white house is urging the leader to leave as soon as possible. in wisconsin, the budget battle continues. good morning for this sunday, february 27. if you could advise the president to sit down with one person, who would that be? 202-737-0001 our line for republicans and 202-737-0002 for democrats and if you are an independent, the number to call is 202-628-0205. a look at some of the headlines from outside washington. in madison, wisconsin, saturday's gathering the largest so far as 70,000 demonstrated against the budget cuts. the headline is -- the anatomy of a protest. meanwhile, from the pittsburgh post gazette, obama urges gadhafi to quit. many believe the changes could herald a new dawn of a new epoch after centuries of humiliation in the arab world. the "chicago tribune", rahm emanuel prepares to take over as t
do starting this week. >> sean: let me ask you about president obama's involvement. the president has come out in support of the unions, obviously. he didn't put forward a budget that he was going to balance. he was cheerleading for those in the end would be pushing for bankruptcy and insolvency. what make of the president's involvement and the dnc and the president's group organizing for america? >> the president of the united states should start focusing on balancing the federal budget. it is a horrible mess. it is what diving these passive problems. -- what is driving these massive problems. the people who are here from wisconsin over the past week and over the weekend, the tens of thousands of protesters have every right to have their voices heard. i've said repeatedly i'm not going to let their voices over power the voices of the legitimate taxpayers who hired me to get the budget balanced. to show wisconsin is open for business. you have tens of thousands of protesters from chicago and nevada and new jersey and other places -- >> sean: one last question. you have said emphatical
leadership tests for president obama, as the battle lines of the 2012 campaign come into sharper view. this morning, how will the standoff in wisconsin end? and is the fight there with the unions about ideology or shared sacrifice? >> not just about the budget, now and into the future, not just about jobs or workers, this is ultimately about the future of our state. >> my guests, a man at the center of the storm, embattled republican governor, scott walker. >>> also the future of the middle east remains in doubt as libya's brutal dictator cracks down on protesters. >> these actions violate international norms and every stander of common decency. this violence must stop. >> what's next? and has the administration done enough? joining me this morning from the site of such unrest earlier this month, cairo, egypt, the ranking member on the senate armed services committee. republican john mccain. >>> then our political roundtable, what rising oil costs could mean to our own economy. can washington avoid a government shutdown over spending? and the rhetorical start to 2012, leading republic
have based a $40 billion cuts on president obama's larger budget but since congress never passed the budget they say the democrats overstate the signs of their cuts, as well. >> if you want to make your cuts look big, do them relative to the president. >> congress has taken a week off in observance of presidents' day. the current bill expires march 4th but there is little sense of urgency about the prospect of a government shutdown. >> we're not looking for a government shutdown and negotiations and short term extensions is my guess. >> they want to avoid the repeat of 1995-1996 government shut down and republicans got the blame. but at the party activists is taking the pa blame for another shutdown. >> house speaker says he doesn't want a government shutdown but he won't agree to a temporary spending bill mean the shutdown may depend on how much they cut when congress gets back. >> brett: a suicide bombing in northern afghanistan killed at least 30 people at a government office. noontime attack wounded 40. many of the people that were hit were in line to obtain government identi
this country should go egypt on president obama in the next election? okay, rush. we'll hold you to that. and governor haley barbour won't take a stand against a proposal for a state license plate honoring a confederate leader who was the grand wizard of the ku klux klan. this is the story that has me fired up tonight. in my heart, there's no bigger story in america. for middle class americans, there is no bigger story than what is unfolding in wisconsin because other states will follow. the turnout today was fantastic. on the grounds of the state capitol in madison, wisconsin. today the crowd is fighting governor scott walker's attempt to bust unions and take their hard earned money. that's the bottom line. "the wisconsin state journal" reported more than 10,000 protesters gathered on the south side of the capitol building many carrying signs and chanting "recall walker." well, in many ways, this is the american version of what we saw in egypt when it comes to crowds isn't it? workers are taking it to the streets, calling for the ouster of a politically elected leader who is taking mone
hearings on a collective bargaining bill similar to the one in wisconsin. president obama made an appearance in ohio but stuck to his winning the future message at a small business forum at cleveland state university. >> small businesses like yours that help drive america's economic growth, they are the cornerstones of america's promise. the idea that if you have a dream and have the work ethic to see it through, you can succeed. >> he did not get any more controversial or bold than that in his speech. not a word. not a word about the labor protests in wisconsin or the similar situation in the very state he was in at the time or in neighboring indiana. a new usa gallup poll finds the rest of the country firmly, firmly on the side of state democrats that are fighting to preserve collective bargaining rights. the poll says that 61% would oppose a law in their state like the one proposed in wisconsin, and 33% would favor such a law. joining me now, msnbc analyst and huffington post senior political editor, howard fineman. howard, thanks for joining me. >> hi, lawrence. >> howard,
media bias. >> 1.8 million jobs have been created so far. >> sean: this week the obama budget edition. >> plus governor christie has a few choice words for the white house. >> we are teetering on the edge of disaster. >> sean: hannity starts right here, right now. tonight wisconsin has reached a boiling point. protests growing after governor walker made it clear to union they've eaten their last free lunch in his state. the controversy began when he unveiled his budget to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state workers to gain control of the per little -- perilous economic situation. a vote was to be held on the budget. all democratic state senators cowardly fled and went into hiding to prehaven't a vote. later this afternoon they -- prevent a vote. later this afternoon they were found held up in an illinois resort. thousands of teachers who would be affected by the measure refused to show up for work. that selfish move forced a number of schools to shutdown. what may shock you is what going on inside. take a close look at the vitriol and violent rhetoric spewed at these
. >>> next 30 minutes is your cram session for this thursday, february 24th. the obama administration's announcement it will no longer defend the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage. plus, carmelo anthony makes his debut at the garden. did his performance justify the price of scalpers for tickets? we'll show you the highlights. >>> but first, let's get to the news lye at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. libyan leader moammar gadhafi is reportedly losing his grip on power this morning as anti-government protesters gain control of a growing number of cities. right now the eastern portion of the country is all but broken away with gadhafi holed up in the capital tripoli. in a further sign of the faltering sign, there's report that is two air force pilots parachuted out of the war plane and let it crash rather than follow orders to bomb a city held by the opposition. meanwhile, international momentum is building to punish gadhafi's regime. breaking his silence on the crisis, president obama said his administration is studying a full range of options inclu
lukewarm in my opinion. the only statement president obama has made on this story was eight days ago when he spoke to a local nbc affiliate in milwaukee. >> i would say as a general proposition that everybody's got to make some adjustments to new fiscal realities. on the other hand, some of what i've heard coming out of wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions. and i think it's very important for us to understand that public employees, they're our neighbors. they're our friends. >> okay. okay. good. but we need a little bit more. the president has let that sound bite stand on its own for over a week. in the past eight days this story has completely changed, intensified, and evolved. one week ago today the wisconsin 14 left the state to block the governor from getting his way on the bill. on saturday over 80,000 people filled the capitol grounds in madison and governor walker rejected an offer from all the wisconsin public employee unions that would have given him the money that he was aski
and president and mrs. barack obama are not on the list. of course they're going for a state visit about a month later. >>> the nation is facing a potential government shutdown like the one that froze the nation in 1995. the senate is out all week for presidents' day recess. they'll return leaving them just five days to strike a deal before march 4th. the senate showdown played out yesterday on "meet the press." >> if we end up shutting down the government and calling into question whether we're going to meet our obligations for social security checks and paying our troops, that is an utter fail e failure. >> the only way we'll shut the government down is if democratic colleagues keep on insisting the government be large and unsustainable. >> ken strickland is nbc news senate producer and i can't tell you how many just lay members of my family from across the country e-mailed me over the weekend going, are you kidding me? they're not working this week with this shutdown looming in two weeks? explain what's happening behind the scenes. >> the great thing about working in congress is that every s
falls to a new low. our weekly analysis of mainstream obama media bias. with temporary spending bill set to expire soon and democrats unwilling to agree on spending cuts is a government shutdown inevitable? i'll ask senator rand paul. >> qadhafi's chaos grows. now there are new concerns over his stockpiles of chemical weapons. colonel north is here with the latest from libya. we are on the road to 2012. hannity starts right now. wisconsin state police on the lookout for those 14 missing senators. senate republicans sent the authorities to the homes of lawmakers after there were reports some may have returned to wisconsin. at this hour the senators remain at large. perhaps they are too busy enjoying the water park at their illinois resort. democrats may be mia pro-union protesters were in madison today when events turned ugly. >> you call me names. >> you not intelligent. [ inaudible ] >> whoa! >> are you taping me? >> yeah, we are. >> sean: that is the sort of civility we've come to respect from democrats and their allies. charging wisconsin governor is taking up the posture of a dictato
if this continues to go on. >> we welcome you. >> greta: thank you, sir. president obama is getting into this. check out what he has said. >> the president: i haven't followed ly what is happening with the wisconsin budget. i've got some budget problems here in washington i've had to focus on. some of what i've heard coming out of wisconsin where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seeps like more of an assault on unions. public employees, they are our -- our , our friends these are teachers and firefighters they're social workers and police officers. they make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution. i think it is important not to vilify them. >> greta: wisconsin assembly speaker and republican jeff fitzgerald joins us. good evening sir. >> good evening. >> greta: are the protesters still out in madison? i know the business of the capital is shutdown. are the protesters still there? >> yeah, they are still out in full force. the entire middle of the capital is still filled. the halls as well as people walking around the capital. >> greta: you
reform package that president obama would be voting for if he were a member of our general assembly. we are not doing that. they are going to have to do their duty at some point. if you are not prepared to respect the democratic process, say your peace, cast your votes, offer your amendments, if you don't succeed go home and take it to the voters. if you are not prepared to do that you shouldn't have run for office. >> greta: explain something to me. when 2005, you became governor you did away with collective bargaining for state employees that is the subject of the feud in wisconsin. i'm curious why you were able to do it by executive order. and what impact it has had on the state of indiana whether it has been good or bad, economically? >> i was able to do it, because it had been put in place by a democratic president saysor many years before by executive or. the indian -- indiana legislature never organized collective bargaining or forced collection of dues from state employees. that's why i was able to strike it down. precisely what scott walker is trying to do in madison now. the a
will speak to the topics of advice to president obama in 201, look to the cuban missile crisis to what it tells you about presidential leadership in a military crisis. it's an apt topic given this evening president obama is providing or giving his state of the union address which we will broadcast in this room immediately following ambassador greg's remarks tonight, so if you'd like to stay for that, you can. we'll see if president obama takes the advice that the ambassador is willing to offer. he'll speak for about 45 minutes to which after he'll take questions. we'll have microphones to pass around for people to use for question time. pleas join -- please join me in warmly welcoming ambassador donald greg. [applause] >> thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] well, for somebody from the third century, he looks very good. [laughter] you completely blew my cover, and i have to say a little bit more about my career as gregory donald in tom clancey's book. in my first visit to north korea in 2002, i was asked three questions by the north koreans. the first was why is george w. bush s
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